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Does Avast or Avira or AVG antivirus require a separate firewall?
Topic Started: Mar 25 2012, 04:02 AM (989 Views)
shondabean
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Does Avast or Avira or AVG antivirus require a separate firewall? How do i shoo away hackers? they are a lot of them in Mumbai networks

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brookshuang
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The free versions of avast, avira and avg do not come with a firewall.

What os are you running? Do you have a router? Do you have an extra old computer?

Here are some steps to take:
First thing you want to do is make sure you pass this test:
www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2

Next you should make sure you have at lest a router , you never want to be directly connected to the internet. You will want a router with wpa 2 and an spi firewall and spoofed ip detection.

Avast is the best av of the 3 you listed plus it has a new sandboxing feature that is very nice.

If you are running xp you will want a 3rd party firewall, if you are running vista or windows 7 you can use the built in firewall but it is kind of tricky to configure, you will save time with a 3rd party firewall.

Keep you os up to date, hackers love unpatched computers.

run sandboxie
http://www.sandboxie.com/

it will protect your browser from exploits.

If you really want to power up your firewall take an old computer and install 2 network cards. Then install http://m0n0.ch/wall/ as the os. This will filter all incoming and outgoing traffic and you can pass it to your router for another layer of security.

Make sure your wireless is set to the highest encryption level with a super long password or if it works for you turn wireless off.

Also don't use a software email client, have seen far to many exploits that can run when you read the mail, preview mail or even download new mail.

Use something like gmail and use the website.

Use SRP
http://www.nsa.gov/ia/guidance/security_

And uninstall adobe reader, thing is a security nightmare. You can use a 3rd party reader or use google docs

Last thing, if you have a pirated copy of windows you are better off from a security standpoint switching to linux. Ubuntu is very user friendly as is a nice transition os.




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